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Old 06-18-2017, 12:54 PM   #1
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Good morning...

I tried searching and couldn't find any C7 specific threads on this topic.

Do you daily drive your C7?

If so, do you have a second vehicle for practicality?

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Old 06-18-2017, 01:17 PM   #2
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DD here. But wife has a more practical car.
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My wife is 82, she drives our C7 everyday. Of its 16K miles, maybe 2K are mine. And she put most of the 62K on our C6. We live in Tucson AZ, so a C7
is perfect 365. It is a car not a church. Use it or you lose much of the joy of owning it.

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DD for me. I don't have a backup other than my wife's car.
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Good morning...

I tried searching and couldn't find any C7 specific threads on this topic.

Do you daily drive your C7?

If so, do you have a second vehicle for practicality?

Thanks in advance.
I live in the midwest, so my '16 C7 DSOM Z06 Vert is my DD from April through Thanksgiving. I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee for the winter, client visits, and family road trips (though I took my Z on a road trip last Summer from Chicago to Maine, and it was phenonminal.
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l live in texas and I DD my C7 and I have no other car besides what the wife drives 27k miles in about 1 1/2 yrs. Supercharged it and lovin it. Its just a car and Imake payments so Im gonna get my fun out of it. This car is just as practicle as about any other car out there and as most other cars it loses its value pretyy good soI dont worry about the miles I put on.
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All six of my Corvettes over the past 27 years have been daily drivers. I have amassed almost 700,000 miles in the six cars. My current Corvette, a '15 C7, has 45,000 miles on the clock...
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daily drive and only backup car is my live in girlfriends 2015 GTI. Never had any issues here in northern NC. If it snows more than a couple inches i just steal her car as she will take the day off due to her 1 hour work commute. Id say its happened 2 times since I took delivery in June of 2015. I did invest in a second set of wheels which i had conti DWS-06's installed for fall and winter driving.
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I daily drive my C7Z. I came it from a C6Z which was NOT a good daily car. It rode rough and loud and way annoying.

The C7Z however is a great daily car. I personally only drive mine when it's nice out, though. But every nice day, it's what I take.

It's harder to get in and out of, and I really consider it a second car, but I drive it about half time.
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All great replies, thanks. Keep them coming..
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My wife is 82, she drives our C7 everyday. Of its 16K miles, maybe 2K are mine. And she put most of the 62K on our C6. We live in Tucson AZ, so a C7
is perfect 365. It is a car not a church. Use it or you lose much of the joy of owning it.

My mom just turned 82 this past Friday. God bless you both.
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Wife uses ours as daily driver. Other is our Mazda 3.
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DD here. My wife drives a Chrysler Town & Country Touring edition so that has us covered for anything else.
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I'll probably be the first one in this thread to get blasted and that's OK. My C7 is a pleasure toy that I drive mostly on days off and even then mostly only when the weather is good. My daily driver is a Grand Cherokee. The parking where I work sucks and I just don't want to subject my Corvette to the inevitable dings, bird crap, etc. To be honest, my '15 coupe is a toy that I couldn't really afford but bought anyway (with zero regrets). As such, I'm extremely diligent about taking good care of it which includes keeping it freshly clean and shined. Somehow, I can't get myself to take it out in bad weather and get it all slopped up when it's been freshly cleaned and shined. OK, go ahead and fire away. I probably have it coming.
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Why would anyone "blast" you? It's your car, use it how you please.
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I also daily drive mine and would have thoughts from time to time about getting another car. The roads here are so bad, describing them as terrible would be a compliment. After a set of A/S tires and the DSC Controller it is much more tolerable. Now my only thoughts of getting rid of the car are for a 650 hp ZL1
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Depends on how are you defining practical.

Once you get past the standard non vette owner comments like:
"your car costs more than some peoples house" (Unaware many SUVs cost more than C7)
"the speed limit is 55, why do you need something that will do 200?"
"You own a vette - why are you complaining about your pay scale?"

C7 can be "practical" under many conditions/situations, and will "work" in many borderline scenarios.

My 15 minute drive to work is 3 left turns, 4 stop signs, 6 traffic lights, a school zone, and a security gate.
200 on the speedo, and my average speed is always around 22.4. Absolutely no practical in that equation.

My C5 was my only car for about 14 years.
it didn't melt in the rain .
If the snow was too bad, then (in this area) most businesses were closed, so I could stay home.

Yea, moving some things was difficult, but, meh, once I figured out how to pack it, I was surprised just how much stuff fit in one.

Might seem like overkill (impractical?) to go to the grocery store/Sams/cosco in a vette, but you can fit several hundred dollars worth of stuff into it.

If you don't own a house (or do, but are not a DIYer), then some things never come into play, such as:

Because it was my only car, necessity forced me to learn the C5 can hold a suprisingy large number of 2x4s, and the looks you get when loading it are priceless. It'll also fit a freestanding drill press (but I did have to take apart the base to close the hatch)

On the other hand:
Buy enough stuff (or big enough stuff) and (name the store) will deliver for free
Or
One of your neighbors visits homedepot/lowes regularly, and they have a truck. Tag along.

Those with kids:
(PC and gender steroetypes aside) mom probably has a vehicle, and it probably has back seats. Ergo, the vette is a mommy/daddy car, and use the 4 seater when everyone needs to be at the same place at the same time.

For fun and adventure:
It'll also fit 2 people and associated ski equipment (easier in an automatic; skis do get in the way of your right elbow when shifting - wrap a towel or coat sleeve around the skis so the metal edge doesnt damage anything.

All that said, I alternate between the 5 and 7 as DDs, and
I eventually picked up an old SUV for bad weather and large items.
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DD in S. Fla. only backup is wife's car and HD Roadking.
Excellent combo for this area of the country.
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Daily driver, no other car except my wife's Subaru.
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I originally intended my '15 Stingray 3LT to be my DD (after running a Lexus SC430 as my DD for 10 years). However, after about 6 months, I decided to get another car as my DD/Work Commuter... probably for a different reason than most.

I'm lucky to have an extremely short commute between home and work... which is only 1.6 miles (each way). After talking to some people and doing some research, I determined that starting up the C7 for that short drive several times a day (sometimes I go home for lunch) maybe would not be the best thing for the engine, especially in colder winter months.

Considering the above, I opted to buy my "Electric Cadillac", the sparsely known and seen Cadillac ELR. With less than 3,000 units out there, I call my dark gray ELR "The Graphite Unicorn". I really enjoy the ELR and a great bonus is that being similar vintage GM vehicles, my C7 & ELR share many similar/identical operational features (i.e.: MyLink/CUE, Key Fobs, Locking System, etc.), which makes the learning curve between the two quite easy.

So... By having my "Hi-Octane" C7 and my "Electric" ELR, I often tell people that I'm simply balancing out my "Carbon Footprint"!




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